Anchor Baby Law
Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) kicked off the new session of Congress by introducing a bill that takes aim at the 14th Amendment. King is against birthright citizenship – the automatic granting of citizenship to all persons born in the U.S. – for the children of undocumented immigrants.
The language of the 14th Amendment is clear: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
“The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of ‘anchor babies’ must end,” King says in a press release, “because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country.” Actually, his reasoning stems from a fallacy. “[A]nchor baby” is based on the notion that a U.S.-born child can protect an undocumented family from deportation. In fact, having a citizen child does not protect undocumented parents.
Article: by Raul A. Reyes
5:00 am on 01/14/2013